September 21st, 2018
The American Lung Association expressed concern about the possible health consequences of e-cigarettes and lack of government oversight of the products. Joining Smart Talk on Wednesday to discuss e-cigarette use among youth and the public was Erika Sward, assistant vice president of national advocacy for the American Lung Association, Jennifer Hobbs Folkenroth, national senior director, tobacco, American Lung Association, Dr. Jonathan Foulds, professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine, and Dionne Baylor, supervisor and prevention specialist with Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars clubhouse in Morningside is one of hundreds of establishments in Allegheny County where state law allows people to smoke inside. Though Pennsylvania passed the Clean Indoor Air Act in 2008, there were thousands of exemptions for establishments in the hospitality industry (mostly bars). On Tuesday, Pennsylvania VFW commander Thomas Hanzes spoke at the Morningside VFW and called on state lawmakers to end the exemptions and ban smoking inside all workplaces. He says VFW members have already voted to support this step and many other posts are joining Morningside.
Chestnut Hill College is now a tobacco-free campus, which is something that offers immense benefits to students, faculty/staff and visitors alike. The College officially implemented its Tobacco-Free Campus Policy on Aug. 15. The use of lighted and nonlighted tobacco, as well as electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, is now prohibited within the campus boundaries; this includes all buildings, parking lots, walkways, sidewalks, athletic facilities and both private and College-owned vehicles, parked or operating, on the property. The College is one of several local schools, such as the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, to adopt similar policies prohibiting smoking and tobacco use. Currently, there are close to 2,000 colleges in the United States with tobacco-free policies.